Second Jalopnik Film Festival to be Held in November

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Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:50 -- Nick Dager

Jalopnik will hold the second annual Jalopnik Film Festival this November. One of the core brands in The Gawker Media Group, Jalopnik is one of the largest car enthusiast publications in the world with more than eight million global uniques, covering everything from the latest automotive news to developments in aviation and military technology. This year’s film festival also rolls around at the same time as Jalopnik’s tenth anniversary.

The Jalopnik Film Festival, with Volvo as its premiere sponsor, will be bigger and better this year, as it is giving filmmakers the opportunity to submit their own films. This allows auto enthusiasts to not only partake in watching films at the festival but also to become a part of it themselves, which is vital to the preservation of car culture and car history. 

Filmmakers have until September 5th to submit their films – submissions can be any car film produced or screened after last year’s festival, September 19th, 2013, and between 30 seconds to 120 minutes in length. Submissions will be categorized by narrative, documentary, animation, or foreign language (subtitled in English). An esteemed panel of judges will review all submissions. Films can be submitted here and full rules can be found here.

With the help of Volvo, the Jalopnik Film Festival will also provide filmmakers with the resources to make their films. Volvo will provide the cars and elite filmmaking crew to make a short film about car culture that focuses on a theme of Why We Care. To enter this contest, filmmakers would need to submit their proposals by August 25th. Full details can be found here.

In addition to submissions, the Jalopnik Film Festival will also screen an Official Selection program of premieres of films about cars and car culture. Last year, the festival screened a variety of studio films, including the first public showing of Ron Howard’s Rush and Asif Kapadia’s Senna; this year, audiences should be in for a treat with premieres from some of car culture’s most prominent filmmakers. The big screening night is November 6th in New York City, bringing together an exciting mix of special guests, big films, and film submission from emerging filmmakers with a passion for cars. Chosen submissions will be screened alongside the premiere titles.

Jalopnik editor-in-chief Matt Hardigree says, "The success of last year's Jalopnik Film Festival showed us that there are more films about car culture and more filmmakers interested in the topic than we ever realized, so for our second year of the JFF we've decided to recognize and support both. I can't imagine a better way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Jalopnik than to share in the love of car culture through film."